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July 7th, 1997 – Australian Foreign Minister explains facts of life on #climate

The Government’s position was explained in a speech given by the Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, in the lead up to the Kyoto Conference in 1997, in which he stated:

A significant proportion of the Australian economy is currently geared toward the production of emission intensive products. As a result, the abatement costs in Australia are likely to be larger than in other countries that have lower reliance on emission intensive outputs. 84

After discussing the importance of emission intensive industries in the Australian economy and Australia’s linkages with rapidly developing economies in Asia, the Minister said the “only target that Australia could agree to at Kyoto would be one that allowed reasonable growth in our greenhouse emissions”.

  1. Downer Australia and Climate Change, Address by The HonAlexander Downer, MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs, to the ‘Global Emissions Agreements and Australian Business Seminar’,Melbourne, 7 July 1997 (Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra: 1997).

Macintosh, A. (2008) Domestic Influences on the Howard Government’s Climate Policy: Using the Past as a Guide to the Future. 11 Asia Pac. J. Envtl. L. 51  Page 68-9

May 12th, 2011 IPCC special report on renewable energy

may122011“May 12th, 2011 The IPCC has published the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN). On Monday, the summary for policymakers of the SRREN has been approved by government representatives for IPCC member countries at the 11th Session of Working Group III co-chaired by Prof. Ottmar Edenhofer in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.”

Renewables eh, sooooo loved by conservative politicians and their fossil fuel funders… (see May 6th entry)

Also on the day

2014 The Collapse Of The West Antarctic Ice Sheet Is ‘Unstoppable

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Jan 23, 1995: Larsen A ice sheet starts cracking up

On January 23rd 1995, the Larsen A ice shelf in Antarctica started cracking.

‘On the twenty-third of January, they called me over the radio and said: ‘Rudi, something’s happening, the ice shelf is breaking.’ An enormous crack had opened from the edge of the shelf on the Weddell Sea up to the mountains,’ said del Valle, who heads the earth sciences department at Argentina’s National Antarctic Institute. Flying six thousand feet overhead in a light plane, del Valle saw that the ice shelf, up to a thousand feet thick in places, was beginning to break up into smaller icebergs. ‘It was spectacular because what once was a platform of ice more than forty miles wide had been broken up into pieces that looked like bits of polystyrene foam … smashed by a child.

Gelbspan, 1998:2

And here’s the “attribution” page…

Gelbspan, R. (1998) The Heat is On The Climate Crisis, the cover-up, the prescription. Updated edition Boston: Basic Books

Rapid Collapse of Northern Larsen Ice Shelf, Antarctica
Science, 9 February 1996: Vol. 271 no. 5250 pp. 788-792
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5250.788

See also:
January 26th. Watch this space.

Other things that happened on this day:
1980 The Carter Doctrine brings peace and stability to the Middle East
2008 Iraq ratifies Kyoto Protocol
2013 Australian coal mining versus the planet . See the Sydney Morning Herald article,based on Greenpeace’s “Point of No Return” report


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